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Caryatid Collection

The caryatid, an iconic element of ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, has captivated artists and architects throughout history

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, (1898). Creator: Unknown

Ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, (1898). Creator: Unknown
Ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, (1898). Fig. I. Doric capital from Paestum (with painted ornaments). Fig 2

The Nymphaeum, detail of the caryatids and balustrade above, designed by Giacomo Vignola (1507-75)
BEN107125 The Nymphaeum, detail of the caryatids and balustrade above, designed by Giacomo Vignola (1507-75) and Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-92) 1551-55 (photo); Villa Giulia, Rome

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The Nymphaeum, designed by Giacomo Vignola (1507-75) and Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-92)

The Nymphaeum, designed by Giacomo Vignola (1507-75) and Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-92) 1551-55 (photo)
BEN107124 The Nymphaeum, designed by Giacomo Vignola (1507-75) and Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-92) 1551-55 (photo); Villa Giulia, Rome, Italy; Photo © Raffaello Bencini.

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Still Life with Quinces, Medlars and a Glass, 1669-1719. Creator: Martinus Nellius

Still Life with Quinces, Medlars and a Glass, 1669-1719. Creator: Martinus Nellius
Still Life with Quinces, Medlars and a Glass, 1669-1719

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Three sketches of sculptures in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, 1872-1904

Three sketches of sculptures in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, 1872-1904. Creator: Wilhelm Cornelis Bauer
Three sketches of sculptures in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, 1872-1904

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Lazio, Italy, 1925. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston

Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Lazio, Italy, 1925. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Lazio, Italy, 1925. House Architecture: Giacomo (Jacopo) Barozzi de Vignola, seventeenth century

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Lazio, Italy, 1925. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston

Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Lazio, Italy, 1925. Creator: Frances Benjamin Johnston
Villa Farnese, Caprarola, Lazio, Italy, 1925. House Architecture: Giacomo (Jacopo) Barozzi de Vignola, seventeenth century

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Florence Noyes dancers, between 1915 and 1918. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Florence Noyes dancers, between 1915 and 1918. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Florence Noyes dancers, between 1915 and 1918

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Three Caryatids Supporting a Basket, n.d. Creators: Unknown, Philip Fruytiers, Jacob Jordaens

Three Caryatids Supporting a Basket, n.d. Creators: Unknown, Philip Fruytiers, Jacob Jordaens, Peter Paul Rubens
Three Caryatids Supporting a Basket, n.d

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Caryatid (r); Three Sketches: Two Caryatids, Pair of Putti Standing on Globe (v), 17th century

Caryatid (r); Three Sketches: Two Caryatids, Pair of Putti Standing on Globe (v), 17th century. Creator: Unknown
Caryatid (recto); Three Sketches: Two Caryatids, Pair of Putti Standing on Globe (verso), 17th century

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The International Exhibition: Mr. Harry Emanuel's Trophy, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The International Exhibition: Mr. Harry Emanuel's Trophy, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: Mr. Harry Emanuel's Trophy, 1862....the trophy...was composed of wood stained to look like ebony, inlaid with marble and enriched with bronze

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The International Exhibition: Group of porcelain articles by Sir James Duke and Nephews, 1862

The International Exhibition: Group of porcelain articles by Sir James Duke and Nephews, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: Group of porcelain articles by Sir James Duke and Nephews, 1862.... a dessert service, together with a plateau in imitation of the Italian majolica ware...The plateau

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The International Exhibition: articles in Parian by W. H. Goss, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The International Exhibition: articles in Parian by W. H. Goss, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: articles in Parian by W. H. Goss, 1862. The Octagon Vase, Dessert-dish, Globe Vase. The dessert-dish consists of a tazza, supported by a group of caryatides

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The International Exhibition: chimneypiece by Jackson and Sons, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The International Exhibition: chimneypiece by Jackson and Sons, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition: chimneypiece by Jackson and Sons, 1862. Our engraving sets forth a chimneypiece by Messrs. George Jackson and Sons, of Rathbone-place, moulded in carton pierre

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The International Exhibition - marble chimneypiece, by Leclercq, in the Belgian Court... 1862

The International Exhibition - marble chimneypiece, by Leclercq, in the Belgian Court... 1862. Creator: Unknown
The International Exhibition - marble chimneypiece, by Leclercq, in the Belgian Court - from a photograph by the London Stereoscopic Company, 1862

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Temple of Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Temple of Erechtheion, Acropolis, Athens, Greece. Greek maidens columns Temple of Erechtheion for a former Athenian king. Acropolis is symbol of Athens

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Porch of the Caryatids, Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Porch of the Caryatids, Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Temple of Jain, Calcutta, state of Bengal

Temple of Jain, Calcutta, state of Bengal India State of Bengal, Calcutt, Temple of Jain Temple Buddhist Art, India, Asia, First and Second Millennium A.D.. Date of Photograph:1965

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The Erecteon in the Acropolis of Athens

The Erecteon in the Acropolis of Athens Greece Athens, Acropolis Temple Classical, Greek Art, Greece, Europe, Ancient Civilization. Date of Photograph:1900ca.. Date of Artwork:421 - 406 a.C

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Cathedral of Pisa: Marble group of caryatids, from the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano

Cathedral of Pisa: Marble group of caryatids, from the pulpit by Giovanni Pisano. Pisa Cathedral Sculptural Group Gothic, Middle Ages, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Building of the Banca d'Italia in Milan work by the architect Luigi Broggi

Building of the Banca d'Italia in Milan work by the architect Luigi Broggi and the engineer Cesare Nava. Milan Piazza Edison Theater - Facade Styles and Movements before 1945

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Partial view of Atlas Fountain and the garden of the Aldobrandini Villa in Frascati

Partial view of Atlas Fountain and the garden of the Aldobrandini Villa in Frascati. Frascati Aldobrandini Villa, Garden. Date of Photograph:1915-1920 ca

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Atlas Fountain in the garden of the Albobrandini Villa in Frascati

Atlas Fountain in the garden of the Albobrandini Villa in Frascati. Frascati Albobrandini Villa, Garden. Date of Photograph:1915-1920 ca

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Eighteenth century reconstructions of the small Italo-Etruscan temple of Alatri

Eighteenth century reconstructions of the small Italo-Etruscan temple of Alatri. Garden of Villa Giulia, Rome. Rome Villa Giulia, garden Temple Arts and handicrafts of XIX century

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Detail of a group of caryatids from Giovanni Pisano's Pulpit in Pisa's Cathedral

Detail of a group of caryatids from Giovanni Pisano's Pulpit in Pisa's Cathedral. Pisa Cathedral Sculptural Group Gothic, Middle Ages, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Tomb of Agnese and Clemenza di Durazzo by Antonio Baboccio, inside the Church of Saint Clare in

Tomb of Agnese and Clemenza di Durazzo by Antonio Baboccio, inside the Church of Saint Clare in Naples. Naples Church of Saint Clare Tomb Middle Ages, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Tomb of Antonia Gaudino realized by Giovanni da Nola, inside the Chuch of Saint Clare in Naples

Tomb of Antonia Gaudino realized by Giovanni da Nola, inside the Chuch of Saint Clare in Naples. Naples Chuch of Saint Clare Tomb Early Renaissance, Renaissance

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Detail of the caryatids on the faade of the Cathedral of Milan

Detail of the caryatids on the faade of the Cathedral of Milan. Milan Piazza Duomo Church Gothic, Middle Ages, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D.. Date of Photograph:1900 ca

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The Caryatid Hall in Milan's Royal Palace

The Caryatid Hall in Milan's Royal Palace Milan Royal Palace Hall Eighteenth Century, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D

Background imageCaryatid Collection: A sixteenth century cupboard located in a room of the Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano, near Prato

A sixteenth century cupboard located in a room of the Villa Medicea in Poggio a Caiano, near Prato. Poggio a Caiano Villa Medicea

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Ark of St. Peter Martyr by Giovanni di Balduccio containing the remains of the Dominican

Ark of St. Peter Martyr by Giovanni di Balduccio containing the remains of the Dominican inquisitor. Church of S. Eustorgio, Milan

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The Atlas fountain in the garden of Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati

The Atlas fountain in the garden of Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati Frascati Villa Aldobrandini, garden. Date of Photograph:1920-1930 ca

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Bucchero vase with caryatids preserved in the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Vatican City

Bucchero vase with caryatids preserved in the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, Vatican City State of the Vatican City Vatican Museums, Gregorian Etruscan Museum Vase Etruscan Art and Civilization, Italy

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Cinerary Roman urn with a Bacchic scene depicting two men crushing grapes under a shelter;

Cinerary Roman urn with a Bacchic scene depicting two men crushing grapes under a shelter; the work is preserved in the Vatican Museums

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Faade of the Palazzo Giangiacomo from the Renaissance era, in Via Monserrato in Rome

Faade of the Palazzo Giangiacomo from the Renaissance era, in Via Monserrato in Rome Rome Via Monserrato Building - Facade Renaissance, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe

Background imageCaryatid Collection: View of the Garden of Caryatids, Farnese Palace, Caprarola

View of the Garden of Caryatids, Farnese Palace, Caprarola Caprarola Villa Farnese, Garden of the Caryatids Garden, Building Mannerism, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe

Background imageCaryatid Collection: View of the Garden of Caryatids with a small fountain in the center, Farnese Palace, Caprarola

View of the Garden of Caryatids with a small fountain in the center, Farnese Palace, Caprarola Caprarola Villa Farnese, Garden of the Caryatids Garden, Building Mannerism

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Stairway of the Garden of Caryatids, Farnese Palace, Caprarola

Stairway of the Garden of Caryatids, Farnese Palace, Caprarola Caprarola Villa Farnese, Garden of the Caryatids Garden, Building Mannerism, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Decorative detail of the Garden of Caryatids, Farnese Palace, Caprarola

Decorative detail of the Garden of Caryatids, Farnese Palace, Caprarola Caprarola Villa Farnese, Garden of the Caryatids Garden, Building Mannerism, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Garden of Caryatids and view of the Pleasure Palace, Farnese Palace, Caprarola

Garden of Caryatids and view of the Pleasure Palace, Farnese Palace, Caprarola Caprarola Villa Farnese, Garden of the Caryatids Garden, Building Mannerism, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Close-up of the Fountain of Rivers with the Pleasure Palace in the background

Close-up of the Fountain of Rivers with the Pleasure Palace in the background, located in the park of Farnese Palace, Caprarola Caprarola Villa Farnese Monumental Fountain, Building

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Two statuettes-caryatids in an allegory of Justice. Detail of the tomb of Francesco Paz in S. Croce

Two statuettes-caryatids in an allegory of Justice. Detail of the tomb of Francesco Paz in S. Croce. Florence Basilica of St

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The portal of Palazzo Sardagna, attributed to Cristoforo Benedetti, in Trento

The portal of Palazzo Sardagna, attributed to Cristoforo Benedetti, in Trento. Trento Door Late Baroque, Baroque, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe, First and Second Millennium A.D

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Panel of the wooden choir of the Basilica of San Pietro, Perugia

Panel of the wooden choir of the Basilica of San Pietro, Perugia Perugia Basilica of San Pietro Tile High Renaissance, Renaissance, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Wooden door, originating from the Greater Hospital Chapel, now conserved in the Leone Museum at

Wooden door, originating from the Greater Hospital Chapel, now conserved in the Leone Museum at Vercelli Vercelli Leone Museum Door Late Renaissance, Renaissance

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Faade of the Sully Pavillion, complex belonging to the Louvre Palace in Paris

Faade of the Sully Pavillion, complex belonging to the Louvre Palace in Paris. France Paris Museum, Building Renaissance, Renaissance-Baroque styles and periods, Europe

Background imageCaryatid Collection: Fortitude: one of the caryatids of the ark of St. Peter Martyr

Fortitude: one of the caryatids of the ark of St. Peter Martyr. Work by Giovanni Balduccio containing the remains of the dominican inquisitor located in the Church of S. Eustorgio, Milan

Background imageCaryatid Collection: The storm calmed by the saint: one of the panels of the ark of St. Peter Martyr

The storm calmed by the saint: one of the panels of the ark of St. Peter Martyr. Work by Giovanni Balduccio containing the remains of the dominican inquisitor located in the Church of S



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The caryatid, an iconic element of ancient Greek ornamental architecture and sculpture, has captivated artists and architects throughout history. Dating back to 1898, a mysterious creator crafted a stunning chimneypiece in the Stone Hall of Houghton Hall, Norfolk. This black-and-white photograph from "The English Country House" showcases the grandeur and elegance that these sculptures bring to any space. In 1883, renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin immortalized the caryatid with urn in his masterpiece. The delicate curves and intricate details evoke a sense of grace and strength simultaneously. Little Moreton Hall in Cheshire also boasts a remarkable fireplace adorned with this captivating figure; another testament to its enduring appeal. Traveling all the way to Athens, Greece, we find ourselves standing before the majestic Temple of Erechtheion on Acropolis Hill. Its porch adorned with caryatids stands as a symbol of architectural brilliance from ancient times. These sculpted female figures seem frozen in time yet exude an aura of eternal beauty. Vienna's historic center surprises visitors with its own collection of caryatids adorning buildings steeped in history. As we wander through this enchanting cityscape, we can't help but marvel at how these statues seamlessly blend into their surroundings while adding an air of sophistication. Moving forward through time brings us to French Renaissance ornaments captured in stone and wood during 1898 by another unknown artist. Their inclusion highlights how the influence of classical art transcends borders and eras. Returning once again to Athens' Acropolis reveals more wonders—the Porch Caryatids stand tall amidst ruins at the Temple of Erechtheion. These columns formed by Greek maidens transport us back centuries ago when such craftsmanship was revered for its artistic prowess. Even St Peter's Engraving pays homage to these magnificent figures as they grace its walls alongside six gents sitting beside the Porch of the Caryatids on Acropolis.